Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital chaplains play an essential role in providing for the spiritual and emotional support of a widely diverse population of patients, families and staff from all religions and cultures. The Department of Mission and Pastoral Care works as an integrated part of interdisciplinary care throughout the hospital. We approach our care in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, or ‘care of the whole person’. Care at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is also directed by The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Department of Mission and Pastoral Care is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) to offer Level I, Level II and Certified Educator Candidate (CEC) programs. Currently, the center offers full-time and extended Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units. The center does not offer half units.

How to contact ACPE:

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103,
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404-320-1472, Fax: 404-320-0849
Email: [email protected]

The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital CPE Team:

Rev. Donald W. Clem, Jr.
ACPE Certified Educator and Coordinator of CPE

Rev. Edjigu (Ed) Tolessa, D. Min., BCCI
Certified Educator Candidate

Current CPE programs include:

  • Full Time Summer Unit Internship
  • Part Time Extended Unit Internship
  • Full Time Residency Program
  • Full Time Certified Educator Candidate (CEC) Residency Program

We accept the standard CPE applications (PDF/DOC).  Applications should be emailed to the supervisor or mailed to the attention:

Rev. Donald W. Clem, Jr.
ACPE Supervisor and Coordinator of CPE
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Mission and Pastoral Care
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
One Main
Washington, DC 20007-2113

[email protected] 
Phone: 202-444-4481

Please direct all applications for Summer Unit Internships, Extended Unit Internships, and Residency Year to Rev. Donald W. Clem, Jr., ACPE Supervisor and Coordinator of CPE.

View CPE Admission & Financial Policies here


Internships vary based on unit (see below)

  • 1 Unit of CPE
  • Tuition per individual unit is $1,000.00 for internships
  • A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required upon acceptance into a non-resident CPE unit to hold a place in the program
  • Second or subsequent consecutive units at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are $500.00
  • $20.00 meal stipend provided for overnight on-calls

1. Summer Unit

  • Approximate dates: May 28, 2021 to August 6, 2021
  • Full Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with up to 8 overnight on-call shifts (weekdays/weekends)
  • Up to 7 interns

2. Extended Unit

  • October 6, 2020 to April 27, 2021
  • Part Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays for group program meetings, 5.5 hours of direct patient care per week; up to 14 overnight on-call shifts (weekdays/weekends); totaling 300 hours of clinical work and 100 hours of education.
  • Up to 7 interns

Residency (Level I and Level II units)

Residencies vary based on unit openings (see below)

  • 4 Units of CPE
  • Full Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with 2 to 6 overnight on-call shifts per month (weekdays/weekends)
  • No tuition fees
  • Stipend salary
  • Basic medical
  • 13 holidays
  • 14 vacation days
  • Sick leave
  • $20.00 meal stipend for overnight on-call shifts
  • 4 residents

1st Year Residency

  • September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021

Certified Educator Candidacy Program

The department has one CEC stipend position.  Information concerning admission to the Certified Educator Candidacy Process is available on the ACPE Website: under Certification.